I have to admit when the opportunity to visit a luxury all-inclusive hotel located in Loreto Mexico for a media trip, I had to consult the Internet to find out where it is located.
Loreto (or Conchó) is a city in and municipal seat of Loreto Municipality, located on the Gulf of California in eastern Baja California Sur state, Mexico.
Loreto was the first Spanish colonial settlement of the Viceroyalty of New Spain on the Baja California Peninsula.
The town was founded in 1697 by Jesuit missionaries, who found a steady spring of fresh water on this site, as the Misión Nuestra Señora de Loreto.
Flights to Loreto Mexico
The “Islands of Loreto” is an EASY flight from Los Angeles (less than two hours) on Alaska Airlines, which is the only airline at this time that is flying direct from the United States. For additional information, click here for an article on Wikipedia for Loreto International Airport.
Airlines providing services the Loreto Mexico airport:
- Aéreo Calafia services several cities within Mexico to fly to Loreto.
- Alaska Airlines flies round trip from Los Angeles, California to Loreto, Mexico on select days. Click here to view pricing on flights to Loreto Mexico.
- WestJet operates on a seasonal basis from Calgary to Loreto, Mexico.
TRAVEL TIP: Alaska Air charges $25 per bag for each flight so if you can pack everything into a carry-on suitcase, do it.
It will also help you save time at immigration and border control.
Below are a few “top picks” of highly rated by consumers carry-on suitcases for your trip.
Loreto Mexico Hotels
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
If you’re seeking a place that defines luxury, look no further than the Villa Group Resort’s newest shining star resort in this amazing Baja village.
And speaking of stars, you will find the clearest sky to view millions of stars. Take a stroll to the beach and enjoy laying on the chaises to find your favorite constellations.
The Villa del Palmar hotel epitomizes luxury within a small town while also offering complete privacy and every modern touch.
It’s the perfect place for everyone from honeymooners (ask for the “glamping tent”) to large families (they have 2 bedroom suites with HUGE balconies).
If you like a bargain like I do then check out this discount code for Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. This promo ends on June 30, 2018!
- Click here to book your stay directly through the Villa del Palmar website.
- Select your dates and then your room option.
- Use the promo code CHEFW17 (the discount should automatically appear but if it doesn’t say CHEF WEEK, then manually enter this code)
Links of Interest for Villa del Palmar in Loreto Mexico:
- Click here to view pictures and read about my experience at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto.
- Click here to view the lowest prices for your stay at Villa del Palmar through Trip Advisor.
- Click here to view things to do in Loreto on Viator.
Things to Do in Loreto Mexico
- Loreto Walking Tour: Grab your comfy shoes and poke around the city to find everything from old churches, to trinket stores, to a restaurant where you blend your own margarita by peddling a bicycle!
- Spa Day: Some of the larger resorts have reasonably priced spas for some pampering. The Sabila Spa at Villa del Palmar is one of the best facilities I have experienced.
Outdoor Activities in Loreto Mexico
While the temptation to have a relaxing vacation by the pool or on a beach sounds perfect for your stay, I highly recommend that you spend a few hours doing a some of the outdoor activities below.
- Beach Combing: According to a few ladies I met at the airport, beach combing is Loreto is a must with the experienced combers stating they found shells they have never seen before. They were leaving Loreto happy with one of the ladies taking home three huge duffle bags full of shells.
- Bird Watching: Grab your binoculars and be on the lookout for Loreto is where we can see it almost literally rain pelicans, boobies, terns, cormorants, and gulls. Click here to view the reviews of available Loreto bird watching tours.
- Deep Sea Fishing: The Gulf of Mexico aka the Sea of Cortez, is a UNESCO World Heritage site thought to be one of the most diverse seas on the planet with it being home to more than 5,000 species of micro-invertebrates. A few folks from my group decided to “catch dinner” as our resort will prepare your catch of the day. They hooked two yellowtail and a shark, which the shark was released due to the local laws.
- Dolphin Watching: This should actually be called “runs with dolphins” as our boat was surrounded by hundreds of playful dolphins on each side and in front of our boat our for a meal run. We were excited to see one or two jumping in the air until the huge pod surrounded us.
- Golfing: There are several options for golfing while in Loreto and I have a feeling that one of the top course for the area (and beyond) will be the golf course at Villa del Palmar once it’s finished mid-2017.
- Hiking: If hiking is your thing then you won’t be disappointed with trails that offer rugged terrain with amazing views of the Sea of Cortez. If you are hiking and have a vantage point of the Sea of Cortez, be sure to watch of for whales in the background. Where I stayed at the Villa del Palmar has a great “morning hike” on the property and be sure to see if Carlos is leading the tour as he knows a lot about the area and “survival tips” using local vegetation. Click here to learn more information about hiking from the website Hiking Loreto.
- Island Tours: Our hotel arranged our island and whale watching tour using their in-house tour guide. If your hotel doesn’t offer the same service you are able to see what Loreto island tours are available through Trip Advisor.
- Paddle Boarding: One thing about staying at Villa del Palmar, the “extras” were available to us as resort guests. A few from our group decided to try their hand during our stay, unfortunately, no photos to share of their experience. If your hotel doesn’t offer paddle boarding, you are able to view the available paddle boarding options in Loreto.
- Seal Watching: The Loreto National Marine Park has almost everything and seals should also be on your “to look for list” when booking your tour.
- Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: With all the various species of in the area, snorkeling is a great way to see even more of them. During my trip to Loreto my group didn’t snorkel but I did talk to a young couple who did and said it was the best part of their trip so far.
- Swimming at the Beach: I am not sure what the other beaches in the area are like but the beach at Villa del Palmar has the “beach entry” where you can walk a long way before the water starts to get deep. I love this type of beach for swimming personally.
- Whale Watching: When you book a boat tour it’s a “two-fer” as you will be searching for both whales and dolphins while out (and other wildlife such as birds and marine life). In my opinion, a boat tour is a must especially if you are traveling with kids who want to be WOWED by the whales blowing water, “jumping” out of the water, and ending their show with a tail going into the water. (Not all whales do the tail flip but most of the ones we saw did.)
Resources to book things to do:
- Be sure to read the reviews before you book your outdoor activities for Loreto.
- Click here to view things to do in Loreto Mexico on Expedia.
- Don’t forget to check out Groupon for discounts on things to do while in Loreto too!
Special Events in Loreto
Below are the main special events held in Loreto according to Wikipedia. From scanning the list, it appears September is the month to visit!
- Governor’s Cup Fishing Tournament. May
- Loreto Dorado International Fishing Tournament. Takes place in July.
- Torneo de las Mision Fishing Charity Tournament that started in 1993.
- Loreto 400. An off-road racing event that takes place in September. The course is a classic desert offroad race which route includes Comondú, San Javier and the old towns of La Giganta mountain range.
- Copa Dorado Tournament. State tournament in September.
- Fiestas de la Virgen de Loreto. The Our Lady of Loreto Festivities are celebrated on September 8. It’s a series of religious, civic and cultural events.
- Fiestas de la Fundación de Loreto. The foundation of the city is celebrated from October 19 to 25. It’s one of the most important cultural events in the state.
- Loreto 300 miles. Off-road racing event. December.
- Fiestas de San Javier. The festivities from December 1 to 3 are in honor of Saint Francis Xavier, patron saint from the neighbor town of San Javier. These festivities attract a lot of pilgrims from the peninsula.